Fashion Design Program to be introduced at IPRC-Kigali to promote Made in Rwanda
On Wednesday, 11th November 2020, the team of Local and International Experts in Fashion design discussed with IPRC-Kigali top Management about the ongoing Fashion design Program Curriculum Development which will be introduced at IPRC-Kigali, the next Academic year 2021.
With reference to Made in Rwanda Policy of December 2017, which stipulates that “a Rwandan Centre for Design and Clothing should be established in a Polytechnic college, providing much needed skills and expertise in the priority garment and fashion sector”, IPRC Kigali has started conducting short course training sessions in garment manufacturing. Despite that, the sector skills gaps identification which was conducted through a skills gap survey in Fashion by APEFE in March, 2019 found out that there is still a need to establish a state of art department that can offer training sessions not limited to tailoring and garment manufacturing but embracing all the required skills for fashionists, stylists, and other of the kinds who can create outstanding products that can compete on the national, regional, and international markets.
As a response to the above findings situation, a new Program of Tailoring and Fashion Design will be introduced soon at RP/ PRC-Kigali, at both diploma and advanced diploma.
It is in this background that two (2) local national individual consultants were hired to work with an international consultancy firm to support Rwanda Polytechnic to develop curricula for Tailoring, Fashion Design, and Garment Manufacturing at level 1, 2, 6, and 7; and to review the existing curricula at level 3, 4, and 5. The consultants are expected to carry out their activities, in two Phases, under supervision of APEFE, Rwanda Polytechnic, and IPRC Kigali.
The main objective of the development of the curricula was: “to carry out analysis of Fashion Design and Garment Manufacturing sector.”
Specific objectives were to:
- Develop the vertical mobility chart
- Identify priority occupations in the context of Rwanda
- Develop the DACUM research chart for the priority occupations
- Develop competence standards for the priority occupations